About Sepideh Saremi
Psychotherapist | Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Founder of Run Walk Talk®
424-270-5427 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello and welcome! I'm Sepideh. As a psychotherapist and coach, I help men and women entrepreneurs and high achievers become their most powerful, connected, and effective selves so they can live meaningful and satisfying lives.
What I do best
I'm great at helping high-achieving men and women who are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and relationship issues. I also love to work with entrepreneurs, particularly those who are open to learning new ways of dealing with the emotions and communication issues that get in the way of their success.
If you're a member of either (or both) of these groups, you're probably really hard on yourself and don't like to ask for help. And that's probably worked out pretty well for you, until, for whatever reason, it stopped working.
It can feel scary, disorienting, overwhelming, and even humiliating to have been capable at a very high level for most of your life, and then to feel as vulnerable as you're feeling now, when you're looking for therapy. Or maybe the problem you're facing is that the outward success you've achieved doesn't match how you feel about yourself, and that's making you feel like an impostor.
I've worked successfully through some of the issues you are facing. I never impose what works for me on anyone else, though, and instead will help you figure out what works for you.
Working with me, you'll have a respectful, collaborative, intelligent, and sometimes even funny (so I'm told) place to press pause and reflect on yourself and your life, so you can re-group, get the support you need, and move forward. You'll learn what it means to have a supportive relationship, with the goal of starting to shift relationships in the rest of your life so your needs are met.
Depending on your needs and preferences, our treatment could include running or walking together while we do talk therapy, which might appeal to you because you may not naturally be geared towards sitting still with your emotions. But keep in mind that even though I've developed this particular treatment approach, I know it's not for everyone and it's also never a required part working with me - I'm happy to work with you if you prefer therapy in an office environment.
My professional background
Therapy is my second career. I spent nearly a decade as a writer, editor, and content developer in magazine publishing and technology start-ups. Besides a brief stint in New York City, where I worked at an advertising start-up, I've lived most of my professional life in Los Angeles. I earned my BA in Creative Writing at USC and my Masters (MSW) degree in Social Welfare from UCLA.
I received my early clinical training at UCLA's highly regarded Counseling and Psychological Services externship program. I also received clinical training at a grief center in Redondo Beach, providing bereavement counseling and groups to people of all ages. After graduate school, I completed my clinical hours for licensure in a mental health clinic in Los Angeles, where I worked with patients with complex, co-occuring mental health, substance abuse, and medical problems.
I started seeing patients in private practice in Beverly Hills in 2014, and moved in to the Redondo Beach-based Run Walk Talk office in 2017.
How I developed Run Walk Talk
I started walking with patients when I was working in a community mental health setting several years ago. I noticed that being outdoors and walking together seemed to reduce the mental/emotional distress of my patients as well as their general discomfort with talking about their problems. Walking side-by-side helped them to open up in a way that facing each other in an office didn't allow. The symbolism of moving forward together was important and helpful, too.
I decided to add running to my work a few years ago, because I found it to be an incredibly effective part of my own mood management, and because it's so well-supported by research as a mental health intervention. I became certified as a running coach so I could safely guide newer runners, but the emphasis of the work is always mental and emotional wellness, not physical fitness or competition training.
My therapy approach is psychodynamic, and I work primarily from what's known as a relational and attachment-oriented perspective. This means I believe the foundation of your treatment success is the relationship we form together, and that you can use me as practice for being vulnerable and getting your needs met. Because of that, I'm paying attention to the dynamics of the therapy relationship; I ask for and give feedback often and see myself as a partner in your care. I also believe therapy should be really practical, so I teach many of my patients assertive communication and coping skills, and use other types of therapy depending on your needs, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
I have a lot of respect for my patients, and I value people's strengths. I also really value wit and humor, and see them as an important part of healing and connection.